So after sweet baby James was born I lost half the weight in just a couple weeks. Unfortunately my weight loss plateaued there. And I blame this on nursing. For those of you that don't know, I am a huge advocate for nursing. I nursed James for over 13 months. (I am not intending to bash nursing and I in no way regret nursing for as long as I did because the positives far outweigh my temporary fatness). James was a perfect little nurser! (Is the baby or mother the nurser? maybe the the baby is the nursee... I don't know...) But I'm pretty sure that my body went into like starvation mode and every pound I had on my body and every calorie I ate was reserved to make milk for baby. As you can tell from these pictures the nursing was very effective!
So my point to all this is that no matter how healthy I ate and how rigorously I worked out my weight was just stuck. After 13 months of nursing I called it quits and I was able to quite quickly lose my pregnancy weight. This obviously included a healthy diet and lots of running (at least 3 miles a day)! And as of today I have officially lost 30 pounds since I stopped nursing this past summer!
So here are before and after pictures
Before (Obviously people!)
After (Scooop! Sorry for the DIY pictures---Brian wasn't home so I had to take them)
But it doesn't stop there! Nothing helps weight loss like a competition! (I love The Biggest Loser, by the way.) Over Christmas, my dad, Brian and I started a competition. We each have to lose 10% of our body weights (from back at Christmas) by my dad's birthday on May 9th. If my dad does not lose 10% or more of his weight he will owe Brian and me two plane tickets. If Brian and I both do not lose 10% or more of our weight then we will owe my dad one plane ticket. So I only have 9 lbs left to go and Brian has 12 lbs. I will post more pictures in May of a sexier Brian and me!